The Razer DeathAdder is a wired mouse that may appeal to budget-minded gamers. Though it's not as feature-packed as the Logitech Wireless Gaming Mouse G700 (*Est. $70) , reviewers say the DeathAdder offers both precision and comfort at an affordable price. Available in both left- and right-handed versions, the DeathAdder has 3,500-dpi sensitivity, Teflon feet (for easy maneuverability), a 7-foot cord and five customizable buttons. Like the G700, the DeathAdder can adjust sensitivity on the fly and has pulsing backlights that reviewers find appealing. But not everyone is impressed with the DeathAdder's design. Editors at GameGuru deride the side-button layout as "irksome" and note that the glowing triple-headed snake logo might annoy some.
In addition to GameGuru's review, we found positive evaluations at Wired.com, ComputerPowerUser.com, and Bit-Tech.net. There are also a large number of user reviews at Amazon.com.
1. Computer Power User
ComputerPowerUser only reviews a few mice, but writer William Van Winkle is highly impressed with the Razer DeathAdder, which he calls "the most natural-feeling gaming mouse" he's ever tried. He reviews the version of the mouse designed for left-handed users, and labels its performance "wickedly responsive." However, he remains unconvinced that the bottom of the mouse is the best place for the adjustable sensitivity button. His review is found on page 34 of this electronic flip book.
Review: Razer DeathAdder Left Handed Edition, William Van Winkle, June 2010
In an eight-mouse roundup at Bit-Tech.net, the DeathAdder takes full honors and a gold seal of excellence for ease of use, quality, ergonomic comfort and affordability, but it rates an 8 out of 10 in value. Editors say that despite the impressive features offered by other gaming mice, the DeathAdder "beats them all" and is "far more reasonably priced." This article has since been updated, and the DeathAdder discussion is no longer available online.
Review: What is the Best Gaming Mouse?, Antony Leather, Dec. 22, 2009
India's GameGuru, an interactive blog for computer-gaming enthusiasts, offers thorough reviews. Products are rated in subcategories such as looks, functionality and comfort before being assessed an overall score. The DeathAdder rates well and is considered a "cool mouse for gaming," but editors say poor side-button placement makes it easy to press them accidentally.
Review: Razer DeathAdder Review: A Smooth Mouse for Gaming, Editors at GameGuru, May 27, 2010
After last working with a mouse three years ago, southpaw John Madden gives the left-handed DeathAdder a full day of use in Photoshop, Illustrator and QuarkXPress. While the mouse's design and comfort greatly appeal to him, he ultimately decides he's "not a mouse guy" and the DeathAdder didn't change his mind.
Review: The Overdue Review: Razer Death Adder Left-Handed Gaming Mouse, John Madden, Nov. 19, 2010
More than 350 people review the DeathAdder mouse at Amazon.com, awarding it 4.3 stars out of 5. Nearly all of the users enthusiastically praise the mouse's comfortable grip and gaming performance. A few users complain that the button functions don't register as intended, but overall the DeathAdder receives very positive feedback.
Review: Razer DeathAdder, Contributors to Amazon.com